For the most recent of Tate Britain’s BP British Art Displays, which look at contemporary and historic British art in the collection, the museum has chosen to use the lens of one of art’s most enduring genres: landscape. “Looking at the View,” curated by Tate Britain’s director Penelope Curtis (through June 2), maps how British artists have been dealing with the natural environment over the past 300 years, from the Romantic movement to Land Art, J.M.W. Turner to Tracey Emin, Pre-Raphaelite painter John Brett to Tacita Dean. Artworks hang in clusters articulated around a similar motif, teasing out conversations between artists from different periods.
The exhibition, Curtis told ARTINFO UK, “mixes old favourites with little-seen pictures to lead the viewer on a walk through a distant landscape up to a close-up view, across space, and across time.”